Highland Elaenia (Elaenia obscura)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Tyrannidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Satipo Road, Junin

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Maruncunca, Puno

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Pedro Ruiz, Amazonas

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Urubamba, Cuzco

Identification & Behavior: ~17.5 cm (6.8 in). The Highland Elaenia has olive-gray upperparts. The head is slightly darker without a crest or white crown patch. The wing coverts are dusky with two yellowish-olive wing bars. The bill is black with only the base of the lower mandible dull orange. The throat and breast are yellow-olive grading to more yellow toward the belly.  It generally forages in humid Andean scrub, hedges, and forest edges. It is similar to the Sierran Elaenia but is distinguished by larger size, a more olive plumage, and by not having a crest (round head) and white crown patch.

Status: The Highland Elaenia is uncommon in humid scrub and similar habitats of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 1700-2400 m. It also occurs in the Marañon Drainage. The Highland Elaenia also occurs in Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Fío-Fío Oscuro.

Sub-species: Highland Elaenia (Elaenia obscura), (d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye), 1837.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2016.